Chama is a small town in extreme north central New Mexico, United States. It is notable as a terminus for a scenic narrow-gauge railroad and for winter sports.
Elkhorn Lodge and Café
Route 1, Box 45, Chama, NM 87520 | 575-756-2105
Founded: 1950s Owners: Locke and Lane families
A friendly family-owned operation for more than 50 years. Serves New Mexican and homey American specialties. Popular all day with lodge guests, locals, and other visitors to northeastern New Mexico. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You come across this little village, known for it's sanctuario, on the high road to Taos.
Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante
300 County Road 98, Chimayó, NM 87522 | 505-984-2100
Founded: 1965 Owner: Florence Jaramillo
Tucked in the verdant oasis of Chimayo, surrounded by dramatic "badlands," the Rancho destination makes the drive one of the pleasures of visiting. The widely known restaurant was founded in 1965 by Florence and Arturo Jaramillo, in the ancestral home of Arturo's grandparents, Hermenegildo and Trinidad Jaramillo. The restaurant strives to preserve the rich traditions of the family and the local culture through its emphasis on New Mexican specialties, though there are plenty of all-American favorites too. Florence Jaramillo, the proprietor today, is one of the state's best known hostesses. Full bar. Open breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Clovis is home to nearly 35,000 residents in the middle of many landmarks, natural resources and big skies.
720 West 7th, Clovis, NM 88101 | 575-763-7995
Founding Date: 1956 Owners: Bryant Family
Opened in the early heyday of rock-and-roll, this Clovis institution served Buddy Holly's band, the Fireballs, and many other musicians of the era. The drive-in still plays "oldies" as part of its vintage ambience. Now in the third generation of the founding Bryant family, it serves fast food including Foxy fried chicken, burgers, pizza, and Mexican food. Their popular taquitas are rolled fresh daily. Full soda fountain service and banana splits too. And if you're wondering about the name, it came from the founder, A.C. Bryant, who has worked at The Fox Drug Store. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
136 West 21st Street, Clovis, NM 88101 | 575-935-8226
Founded: 1969 Owner: Tom Martin
Known in Clovis as the "Hometown Tacotorium," the cheerful Taco Box has been owned by Tom Martin since shortly after its 1969 founding. Great green chile cheeseburgers, taquitos, and other New Mexican fast food, but made right. The dining room is ringed with delightful local tschotskes. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Check out their old menu below, it brings back memories.
Twin Cronnie Drive-In
709 Commerce Way, Clovis, NM 88101 | 575-763-5463
Founded: February, 1952 Owner: Clint Harden
A vintage favorite with drive-in style dishes.
This county was named for Schuyler Colfax (1823-1885), seventeenth Vice President of the United States under U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant.
U.S. 64, Cimarron, NM 87714 (11 miles east of Cimarron) | 575-376-2229
A real gem, just known in some circles as "Cold Beer, NM."
Spanish colonists settled in Cuba and became ranchers and farmers while enjoying hunting the abundant wildlife.
6333 US Highway 550, Cuba, NM 87013 | 575-289-0257
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